22 March 2019
Facebook and Oculus revealed the release date for their Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets during the F8 Conference. They both will begin shipping on May 21 and pre-orders are now live for both the hardware, each of which sells for $399.
Note that the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset launched back in September 2018 and the Rift S came this year in March. The availability of both headsets wasn’t announced but a tentative release date was shared during their launch.
Both of these headsets support six degrees of freedom head and hand tracking and they both use Oculus sight, a suite of software that enables tracking of movement of the player and controllers without the need for separate sensors and trackers.
The Oculus Quest which is a standalone VR headset doesn’t require a connection to a computer, instead, it includes its own powerful configuration which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB RAM. It uses OLED display panels capable of displaying 1440x1600 per eye with a refresh rate of 72Hz. It comes in two storage versions – 64GB for $399 and a 128GB version for $499 and Oculus is also bundling a Quest Travel case that would hold the headset and controllers for $40. It is launching with 50 titles and comes preloaded with several demos as well.
On the other hands, the Rift S has to be plugged into a computer. It’s an improved version of Oculus Rift and comes with higher resolution display. Also, it uses a single fast-switch LCD panel compared to the OLED panels found in the original Oculus. The S’s refresh rate drops to 80hz, down from 90hz for the original. The headset is well suited for those with a Windows 10 PC and graphics card.
You can pre-order Rift S at oculus.com in all of the supported countries or through the retail partners Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft Store, plus Currys PC World FNAC, MediaMarkt, and more in the UK and EU.